The organization that is now called Everytown for Gun Safety, but until recently was named Mayors Against Illegal Guns (which is really a group that wants more guns to be illegal), is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s baby. He has put a lot of money into it. Because Bloomberg has so much money and clout, his support for opposing the Second Amendment can seem overwhelming.
But it isn’t. Despite all that money Bloomberg’s group faces overwhelming popular opposition. This is demonstrated not only in their record of failure, but in the resignation—I’m tempted to write “defection”—of their CEO, Mark Glaze.
The Wall Street Journal reports,
Since the Newtown massacre, Mark Glaze has been the face of the gun-control movement. The executive director of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mr. Glaze led the futile 2013 fight for expanded background checks and has been regular on cable news after each successive mass shooting.
Now Mr. Glaze, 43 years old, has stepped away from the fight. Friday marked his last day working for Mr. Bloomberg’s organization, now called Everytown for Gun Safety, after three and a half years as executive director.
In an interview at his organization’s Washington office earlier this month, Mr. Glaze expounded on how President Barack Obama’s unrelated political problems – health care, Edward Snowden, congressional gridlock – damaged the gun-control cause.
In my opinion, this is a culled list. If the rollout healthcare.gov and “gridlock” derailed gun control efforts, then why not also list the government “shutdown” and the push for immigration reform? The so-called shutdown was the ultimate instance of “gridlock.” And immigration reform itself takes political capital, which weakens the force that can be used to implement stricter gun restrictions.
The Tea Party deserves more credit than it gets.
But Glaze also admits the anti-gun efforts didn’t even make sense:
And Mr. Glaze said the movement hasn’t solved one of its signature problems: Many mass shootings wouldn’t have been stopped by tighter regulations proposed by gun-control advocates, even if they might have prevented other gun crimes.
The most attention on gun control comes after mass shootings – just look at the post-Newtown push and the brief attention paid to the issue after the Memorial Day weekend shootings in Isla Vista, Calif. Yet virtually none of the solutions gun-control groups are pushing would have prevented any of the massacres that capture public attention.
“Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solutions that we have to offer and the way some of these mass shootings happened, you know, it is a messaging problem for us, I think. … Is it a messaging problem when a mass shooting happens and nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting? Sure it’s a challenge in this issue.”
But why would Glaze suddenly be so honest. I think his defection demonstrates that he sees no political future in opposing the Second Amendment. Democratic reality is forcing him to adapt to please the majority.